Stretched hospitals cannot easily redeploy BAME staff, bosses say

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NHS had advised risk-assessment of minority ethnic medics over higher Covid-19 death rate

NHS understaffing will make it difficult and potentially divisive to transfer black, Asian and minority ethnic health workers away from the coronavirus frontline, hospital bosses fear.

The ongoing reassignment of those with underlying health problems and pregnant staffers will further complicate attempts to enact NHS England guidelines that BAME staff should be “risk-assessed” and redeployed where possible.

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